How to Get a Master's Degree in Healthcare

Getting your Master’s Degree in health care will qualify you for a variety of careers. Outlined below are 5 degree programs that can lead to a lucrative management position in the field of health care.


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    Explore the range of possibilities before you decided on a degree program. Your course of study will prepare you for specific job opportunities within the field:
    • Masters in Health Administration Programs (MHA)
    • Masters in Health Care Administration Programs (MHA)
    • Masters in Health Services Administration Programs (MHSA)
    • Masters in Public Health Programs (MPH), and
    • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Health Care
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    Consider your particular areas of interest and explore the job opportunities available that require a master’s degree. Consult the Bureau of Labor Statistics to see the average salary range and career growth projections for the health care field.[1]Some of the best paying positions are:
    • Health administrator (in a variety of institutions)
    • Mental health therapist
    • Case manager
    • Medical library technician
    • Social worker
    • Genetic counselor
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    Choose a MHA or MHSA program of study if you want to pursue a career in management of health care institutions. A master’s degree in health administration or health services administration will give you a comprehensive understanding of the administrative challenges of managing a variety of health care facilities, organizations, insurance companies and consulting firms. These programs generally include coursework for:
    • Organizational theory
    • Health service systems
    • Laws concerning health care and facilities
    • Economics
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    Choose a degree program in public health (MPH) if you want to pursue a career in the public health field. A master’s degree in public health will prepare you to work with government agencies and public health agencies. Job opportunities are also available in research and consulting. This field encompasses the changing face of public health care; courses include:
    • Bioterrorism
    • Epidemics and Pandemics
    • Food and water safety
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    Choose to pursue an MBA in health care if you desire a career as an executive in the health care industry. A master’s degree in business will prepare you for the specific challenges you will encounter in the health care field, including policies, analysis, ethics and overall financial management problems that are specific to the field.
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    Choose an accredited university. Hundreds of universities offer degrees in healthcare; be sure the one you choose is fully accredited. Consult the database of the U.S. Department of Education to be sure the college you choose is accredited.[2]


  • Public health preparedness is an area that receives federal funding, particularly for bioterrorism preparedness. It is likely that a master’s degree in public health will continue to be in great demand.
  • With the recent legislation enacted for medical care for all Americans, a degree in health administration is also likely to be in high demand. The new health care laws and regulations will require planning, organization and other administrative skills in both the public and private sectors.


  • Getting your master’s degree, especially if you are already holding down a full time job or if you are raising a family, can be extremely stressful. A master’s degree program usually entails 2 full years of intensive coursework. Prepare yourself for the financial and emotional strain as much as possible. Look for grants and other financial aid programs, and try to choose a college that allows some flexibility in your attendance—online universities offer the most flexibility.
  • If you are already working in a health care facility, as someone in the Human Resources Department if you are eligible for tuition assistance while you pursue an advanced degree.

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